EBay virus 'start of worrying trend'

Security experts have intercepted a virus which claims to have been sent from eBay.com and uses a packer previously unseen in email virus distribution. The use of the uncommon packer in the W32/Myfip virus could make it more difficult for antivirus software vendors to identify and protect against the malicious code within, signalling "the start of a worrying trend", MessageLabs warned today.

The email containing the virus purports to have been sent by the webmaster at eBay.com, and suggests that eBay is conducting market research among its customers. Computer users are told that they could win valuable prizes if they take part in the research. The subject line of the email reads: hi, [recipient], I'm webmaster of eBay.com, and we raise a research in our website.

News source: vnunet.com

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